1 John 5:4 – “For whatever is born of God overcomes the world; and this is the victory that has overcome the world — our faith.” NASU
I am a literalist especially when it comes to the promises and declarations of Scripture about those who believe. If we are born-again, washed in the Blood of Jesus, forgiven of our sins and our names are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life we are, according to God’s declaration Victorious. Unfortunately, too many times we live and act and even believe that we are not what He has said we are.
I believe that it is imperative that we bring every thought captive to the obedience of Christ. In that declaration, I believe that it is necessary that we learn to think of ourselves and view ourselves as God sees us and has declared us to be in His Word. In this verse, the writer under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit declares a truth that needs to be embraced by every believer today. He declares that if we are born-again we overcome the world through faith or through our trust and reliance on Jesus.
I cannot tell you how many times I’ve had someone tell me about their circumstances and relate the defeats they have suffered at the hands of the devil. Yes, we all have times when we have been overrun and overcome but that is not who we are. I’ve had people describe the attacks of the devil in such a manner as to make it appear that the devil is equal to God in power and authority. That is not what the Bible says about us or about the devil.
Every time I hear a believer, almost praising the devil through their acknowledgment of his work against them I want to weep. I confess I have had times when it seemed that all of hell was attacking me and God was nowhere to be found. In those times, my mind and my flesh wanted to wave the white flag of surrender and admit defeat, but I couldn’t. Why? Colossians 2:15 kept echoing in my mind regarding what Jesus has done to the devil. Paul is using a Roman military and political custom to describe what Jesus did to the devil. When a Roman General won a victory that was significant the Senate would vote him a triumph. He would be placed in a special chariot and paraded through the streets of Rome with the conquered following behind him in chains. There would be evidence of the spoils of war on display and the shaming of those conquered demonstrating their utter and complete defeat.
That’s what Colossians 2:15 says that Jesus did to the devil. Read it with me, “When He had disarmed the rulers and authorities, He made a public display of them, having triumphed over them through Him.” That’s what God has done to the devil! The devil has been marched through the streets of heaven DEFEATED and SHAMED! Hallelujah! The apostle John tells us in our text verse that we are doing the same thing as we enforce the victory of Calvary and embrace the work and ministry of the Holy Spirit in us. We are Conquerors! We are Victors! We are not cowering in the corner and trying to hold the fort until the rescue team arrives, He has arrived and is In Us Now!
It is time that you and I, the Body of Christ, begin to see ourselves as God declares we are and see Jesus as He is! It is time that we begin to press toward the mark of the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus and do more than recite the “Lord’s Prayer.” We need to make Matthew 6:33 a cornerstone of our lives and our faith and expect Him to demonstrate His Power in us and through us as we seek Him first and foremost. We need to tell the devil that he is a liar when he tells us that we’ve failed, done too much, and God cannot use us. God says, “Forgiven!” When He says, “Forgiven!” He also says, “Go into all the world and go with my Spirit and Power backing you up.” We are Overcomers so let’s start living like it is a reality because God says it is. Never, never, never allow a setback or even a roadblock to prevent you from pressing into the fullness of His Promises in this world. You need that, I need that, and the world needs us to be that!
God bless you and I pray you will have a victorious day enforcing the Victory of Calvary!